1. What are the Medical requirements?
You must obtain a medical certificate before you can fly solo and to apply for a NZ pilots licence. Medical requirements in New Zealand depend on age and the class of licence you wish to obtain. For a Private Licence you require a Class 2 Medical Certificate and a Commercial Licence you require a Class 1. Each Medical certificate has to be renewed periodically. To find out more about Aviation medicals please contact our local aviation doctor. To obtain a SAC Microlight Certificate you must complete the SAC medical certificate, any GP is able to do this for you and the guidelines are based on a Heavy Transport vehicle licence. The form is available on the SAC website.
2. Where do I get a pilots medical?
We have a local aviation medical examiner that can issue you with your pilots medical and can be found at:
Dr Robert Morton
21 Inglis Street
Ph: 489 5135
3. I wear glasses can I still learn to fly?
Yes you can fly with glasses however there are certain requirements you must adhere to like carrying a spare set of glasses with you at all times whilst flying.
4. How do I become a Pilot?
The First step is to Contact us at the Aero Club and get involved and join as a member. Please see our page on becoming a pilot or download how to become a pilot from CAA.
5. What Does it Cost?
The main cost is rental of the aircraft, which can vary a little due to fluctuations in fuel price and other variables. Contact us for up to date prices for our aircraft. Other costs include your Pilots Medical, Theory examinations, study material and Flight Test fees.
6. How long does it take?
Time can vary and is dependant on a number of factors, such as your own availability and weather. On average students at the Otago Aero Club take between six and twelve months to complete their PPL part time. Training is very much tailored to your specific needs and lifestyle. Talk to one of our Instructors or Senior Staff and they will help you structure a training schedule to suits your needs.
7. How long is my licence valid?
Pilot licences are valid for the lifetime of the holder however there are currency requirements and a biennial flight review, to ensure you are still operating the aircraft safely.
8. What do you mean by 'current' or 'currency'?
Before exercising the privileges of their licence all pilots must ensure they hold a current medical, current BFR (biennial flight review) and are current on the aircraft type they intend to fly. Currency on type requires at least 3 take off and landings in the last 90 days.
13. I hold a foreign pilots licence, can I fly in New Zealand?
Yes you can. Please look at our information under visiting pilots
9. What is the best time of year for flying in Dunedin?
You can fly anytime of the year here in Dunedin. There are some seasonal effects to the area yet generally we are able to fly on most days, all year.
10. What is a Biennial Flight Review or BFR?
A BFR is a 2 yearly flight review that covers all flying manoeuvres and pilot decision making for your level of licence. This is to ensure that all pilots are still operating the aircraft safely, making appropriate decisions and is up to speed with the current rules and regulations. Our instructors are qualified to carry out this flight assessment.
11. Who is the CAA?
The Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand is the regulatory body which exists to govern aviation in New Zealand and ensure aviation safety.
12. English is not my first language, could this be a problem?
To fly in New Zealand you must be assessed to have a good ability to speak, read and understand the English Language as English is the dominant language in Aviation worldwide. Our Instructors will assess you as you learn and all pilots must pass a formal test for English Language Proficiency before applying for their licence.